Sporting Lisbon defender Joao Pereira set to sign for Valencia - report

Los Che are understood to be closing in on the Portuguese full-back, who has been coy when asked about his future at the Estadio de Alvalade
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Valencia are close to signing Sporting Lisbon right-back Joao Pereira, Record claims.

The Portugal international, who joined the club from Sporting Braga in 2009 in a €3 million [£2.4m] deal, has been linked with a new challenge after becoming an integral part of Ricardo Sa Pinto's side.

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It is believed that new Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino has made the signing of a new right-sided defender his top priority, with Los Che willing to offer €5m [£4m] for the Portuguese.

Questioned about his future at the weekend, the 28-year-old told reporters: "I am not thinking about my future just yet. I want what is best for me and for Sporting."

Pereira, who began his career at Benfica, has been included in Portugal's 23-man squad for Euro 2012.